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Iranian Director Asghar Farhadi Blasts Trump's Travel Ban After Oscar Win

2/26/2017 7:24 PM PST

The Iranian director who was almost banned from attending the Oscars because of Donald Trump's travel ban blasted the Prez after he won Sunday ... but did it in writing.

Asghar Farhadi had a rep read a statement after winning the Best Foreign Film award for his movie "The Salesman" ... in which he explained his absence.

Farhadi -- who's won an Oscar before -- said he is standing in solidarity with his own country -- as well as the other 6 in Trump's now-blocked EO -- to protest the ban.

Since the ban was nullified by the courts, he could have attended had he wanted. 

Jimmy Kimmel Uses 'Over-Rated' Streep To Jab Trump at Oscars

2/26/2017 6:34 PM PST

Jimmy Kimmel took a huge sarcastic swipe at President Trump ... all in support of some up and coming actress named Meryl Streep.

In the middle of Jimmy's opening monologue for the 89th Oscars he put the spotlight on Meryl by referencing Trump's "over-rated" tweet about her ... following her scathing speech about him in January.

Jimmy's obviously killed in what's definitely NOT a Trump-friendly room. 

Ya gotta imagine Trump's Twitter finger is itching.

Terrence Howard I Got Oscar Robbed So Watch Out, Denzel

2/26/2017 7:52 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Terrence Howard  isn't so sure Denzel Washington will bring home the Oscar, because he says he deserved it back in the day but went home empty.

We got the "Empire" star Saturday at the Independent Spirit Awards when he groused that he should have won best actor in 2006 for "Hustle & Flow." BTW ... it went to Philip Seymour Hoffman for "Capote." 

Barry Zito I Wouldn't Trade Cy Young For Grammy ... But 10 Grammys??

2/26/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

What's cooler -- winning a Cy Young or a Grammy??

3-time MLB All-Star Barry Zito is trying to add to his trophy cabinet 'cause he wants BOTH!!

BZ's got a Cy Young -- given to the best pitcher in baseball -- from '02 with the Oakland A's. But now that the southpaw traded his glove for a guitar, would he give up the highest pitching honor to be recognized in the music industry?!

Zito's working on it. He released a 6-track country album titled "No Secrets" back in January ... and it's been a hit, appearing on several Billboard charts (#15, Americana/Folk Album Sales and #18, Heatseekers Albums).

#PitchPerfect

Katy Perry Backup 'House' Dancer Eats it

2/22/2017 1:47 PM PST
Breaking News

Katy Perry might be chained to the rhythm ... but her backup dancer sure wasn't when they fell offstage at the Brit Awards.

Katy just performed her new song Wednesday in the UK --  joined by Skip Marley -- when a backup dancer took the tumble in his/her house costume.

The house did not appear damaged.

Khloe Kardashian Bathroom Surprise

2/19/2017 12:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Khloe Kardashian made a surprise appearance this weekend ... in a ladies room ... in Jamaica.

A fan ran into Khloe Saturday night in the bathroom of Fiction Fantasy nightclub during an after-party for the Youth View Awards -- essentially Jamaica's Teen Choice Awards.

Needless to say, it was an unexpected -- and probably awkward -- meet and greet. Even so, Khloe took it in stride, and was even happy to pose for a few pics. 

The Kardashians ... pissin' all over world. 

Grammys Secret Committee Torpedoes Black Artists Village People Singer Claims

2/16/2017 3:03 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

4:00 PM PT -- The Recording Academy tells us it has no "secret committees," and adds there's plenty of info regarding the Nominations Review Committees (to which our post refers) on its website.  

A spokesperson says members of the Review Committee "are not disclosed to ensure fairness and neutrality." This prevents them from being lobbied.A secret committee for the Grammys is in place to undermine the rank-and-file voters if they choose to give plum awards to black artists like Beyonce ... so claims the original lead singer of Village People.

Victor Willis sent a scathing letter to the President of the Recording Academy, demanding he "come clean" over the existence of a clandestine group that was supposedly formed after Lionel Richie beat Bruce Springsteen for the 1985 Album of the Year.

According to Willis, the committee's purpose is to "override the decision of Grammy voters in the event the select committee does not like who the Grammy voter has chosen" for the 4 top awards.

He goes on to strongly suggest a racial element, saying, "The question is how many African Americans are on that committee?" He says in the letter, "If certain people at the Grammys don't like who the voters have chosen, a Grammy committee will simply override the voters and subsequently select who they think should win. Like Adele, maybe?"

We did some research, and it does appear there is a secret committee, but from what we can gather, the committee is designed to knock out embarrassing nominations -- like, say, Milli Vanilli. However, once the nominations are locked, the voters have the final say ... at least that's what we've found.

CeeLo Green A Gold Me At the Grammys? You Must Be Crazy!

2/15/2017 6:26 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

CeeLo Green says he was nowhere in sight at the Grammys ... even though we all could have sworn that was him in the gold martian suit.

We got CeeLo Tuesday night leaving Delilah in WeHo, where he denied being the little gold man turning heads on the red carpet Sunday.

He is known to rock alter egos every now and then ... sounds like this could be his latest. 

Metallica Stagehand Screwed Us at Grammys ... Accidentally, We Think

2/13/2017 11:13 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Metallica duet with Lady Gaga at the Grammys was doomed by a stagehand who got reckless with James Hetfield's mic ... seconds before they went live.

Sources connected to the production tell us everything was fine right before the "Moth Into Flame" collab was about to begin. Gaga and the band's line check, right before the performance, went off without a hitch.

However, between the mic check and their act ... a wire under the stage got unplugged. We're told a stagehand did it by accident, but the damage was done -- Hetfield's mic was dead through most of the performance. They eventually fixed the unplugged wire with seconds left in the song. We reached out the Grammys, but no word back yet.

James handled it all like a pro, 'cause that's rock 'n' roll.

Insult to injury? Laverne Cox forgot to mention Metallica in her intro.

Grammys Party Ed Sheeran Turned Down Cold

2/13/2017 6:51 AM PST

You'd think Ed Sheeran -- a 2 time Grammy winner with 9 more nominations -- would breeze into a Grammys after-party but NOOOOO!

Ed hit up Milk Studios in L.A. for the shindig but the front door proved elusive, and not just for him. Adrien Brody and super DJ Pete Tong also got the cold shoulder.

NeNe Leakes had trouble making her entrance but managed to make it in later in the evening.

And worst of all ... they ran out of In-N-Out burgers.

The Game Sorry, Beyonce ... Adele Deserved To Win

2/13/2017 7:39 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Watching Beyonce and Adele go head-to-head at the Grammys is like watching Roger Federer play Novak Djokovic, Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier ... at least that's the way The Game sees it.

The Game skipped the Grammys -- he wasn't nominated -- but he did weigh in on Adele beating Queen Bey for the night's top 3 honors Sunday on his way into Playhouse in Hollywood.

Game also makes it clear ... Grammys ain't his thing.

Grammys Behind the Scenes

2/13/2017 7:06 AM PST

The Grammys were pretty slick if you watched on TV, but lots of other stuff happened at Staples Center that was a little less produced.

Lots of big stars hobnobbed it when the cameras weren't trained on them.

Beyonce Takes It Easy For Grammy Performance

2/12/2017 6:19 PM PST

Beyonce just hit the stage -- plus 2 -- at The Grammys and kept things low-key ... sitting for most of her performance.

Bey opened her set with a video montage before appearing on stage at Staples Center to sing "Love Drought" and then took a seat for "Sand Castles." She also recited poetry from her Lemonade album. 

The singer kept movements minimal ... taking a seat for most of the performance. 

It's the first time we've seen Beyonce since the announcing she was pregnant with twins.

To nobody's surprise, everyone was on their feet when she wrapped. 

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